Northrop Grumman

  • The US Air Force has awarded a US$21.4 billion contract for its Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) to Northrop Grumman. The next generation of strategic bombers will replace the aging fleets of B-52s and B-2s, and will be capable of carrying heavy or nuclear payloads .
  • The US Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has gone out on a high note by conducting the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) exercise off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. It successfully took on 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) of jet fuel as it completed the project's final test objective.
  • Northrop Grumman announces that its MQ-8C Fire Scout became the first unmanned helicopter to operate from a US destroyer. On December 16, off the coast of Virginia, the MQ-8C made 22 takeoffs and 22 precision landings on the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham.
  • Guinness hands DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program the award for the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC) is a ten-stage common-source amplifier that cranks speeds of one terahertz (1012 Hz).
  • Like a 14-tonne bird leaving its nest, Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has completed its first cross-country ferry flight as part of its operational tests before entering service with the US Navy.
  • Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, has unveiled the preliminary design it is developing as part of DARPA’s XS-1 Spaceplane project.
  • It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off. That's why DARPA first initiated its Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. The agency has now announced its plans for Phase 1 of the program.
  • Northrop Grumman and Yamaha are teaming up to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The Rotary-Bat (R-Bat) is aimed at a range of applications in both urban and rural areas, including search and rescue, power line inspection, border patrol and forest fire observation.
  • After taking to the air for the first time in early 2011, the X-47B UAV has been ticking off a series of firsts, including being the first unmanned aircraft to launch and recovery from a modern aircraft carrier. Another box has now been ticked with the aircraft completing its first night flights.
  • The Triton UAV's initial flight test program, which kicked off with the unmanned aircraft's first flight last May, has been completed. Now cleared to fly at various altitudes, speeds and weights, the Triton is on track to be introduced into the US Navy fleet in 2017.
  • It’s almost 2014 and time for a bit of aeronautical reflection as we look back at what new technologies promise us a hypersonic, jet-packed future of aviation and innovation. So let’s have a glance at Gizmag’s pick of the top five aeronautical achievements of 2013.
  • The next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has taken to the air for the first time at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Point Mugu, California. Based on a Bell 407 helicopter, the MQ-8C is designed to boast twice the endurance and three times the payload capacity of the MQ-8B variant.